Distance between crawler harness and weight

5/7/18 @ 12:05 AM
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nemab-man
nemab-man
USER since 7/5/11

Just lately I tried fishing a  crawler harness with about only eight inches between spinner and swivel with a 3/8oz. bell sinker(casting). Seems to work well on my weedy, muddy bottomed lake. Much more sensitivity to bites than a longer leash, and the sinker kicks up a bit of bottom right in front of the lure.

Anybody else try this, and how come most use 2'-3' of leader between spinner and hook anyways? Thanks.

Edited on 5/7/18 12:05 AM
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7/10/18 @ 11:04 PM
hntesox
hntesox
USER since 1/11/02

I would agree with thump. However, don’t get too long either. I usually go 6’ ish in open water but shorten no more than 4’ with shallow water. (6’ or less) I like the undulating action better than jerky action. Also, weeds do play a part. You obviously don’t want to hook up the weeds either.

 My .02 is somewhere there.

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5/7/18 @ 2:43 PM
Thump55
Thump55
USER since 7/19/04

With a very short leader, your bait can get too "fidgety" for lack of a better word.

Picture trolling in rough water with your rod tip or planer board bouncing from the waves...all that movement is transferred to the sinker.With a very short leader, the worm follows the weight closely and moves fast and jerky. With a longer leader, the weight can go up/down without imparting such sudden, erratic movements to the worm.

A longer leader provides a little bit of stretch (if using braid for main line) which can be handy when it comes time to get a big girl into the net.

A longer leader provides more of a visual buffer from the fish seeing your main line. 

Edited on 5/7/18 2:43 PM
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5/7/18 @ 9:26 AM
Mr.Seaguar
Mr.Seaguar
MEMBER since 2/5/05

Use as short of a leader as you can get away with. 

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5/7/18 @ 5:57 AM
grizwald
grizwald
USER since 2/6/09

I use a bullet sinker with 2 to 3 feet leader but, I am trolling above the weeds. Never used that technic before. Would work good before weeds get tall.

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